Emma Mos (Jirsch Sutherland) becomes a registered trustee

17 April 2024 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read
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Jirsch Sutherland principal Emma Mos has hit a major career milestone, qualifying to become a registered trustee – joining a group of 210 or so insolvency practitioners that hold the status.

Emma Mos now has dual registrations as a trustee and liquidator (she became a registered liquidator in 2019), making her one of only around 20 women nationally who hold both registrations.

“Just over 10% of Australia’s registered liquidators and trustees are women, so it’s important that those in the sector help foster senior female staff who are good candidates for registration, to promote diversity and the role of women in the insolvency and restructuring profession,” she says.

Emma Mos (Jirsch Sutherland) becomes a registered trustee

A mathematician by background, Emma has been working in the insolvency landscape since the start of career. Attracted to the profession by the mix of accounting and law, Emma spent seven-and-a-half years with Bishop Fleming in the UK before upping stumps to move to Australia with her Australian husband in 2013.

Early 2014 she joined Jirsch Sutherland, where she has grown the ranks to principal and worked on dozens of bankruptcy and insolvency cases. “Whilst aspects of the role can be challenging at times given the levels of stress that people encounter when in financial distress, I enjoy the challenge of setting the strategy and navigating the process to deliver the best available outcomes in the circumstances,” she says.

“I particularly enjoy the large complex matters; they require both a keen attention to detail and being able to effectively communicate the strategy and objectives to all stakeholders – whether it be creditors, lawyers, regulators or funders – whilst assisting parties to navigate the process. I am always cognisant of the impact our decisions can have on people’s lives and I always try to do that with empathy and care.”

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At Jirsch Sutherland, Emma now becomes the fourth registered trustee, alongside Christopher Baskerville, Stewart Free and Malcolm Howell, placing the firm in fourth position in Australia by trustee headcount.

Emma credits fellow trustee Free and the firm’s National Managing Partner, Bradd Morelli, for helping guide her through the process. “As a trustee, Stewart provided assistance on the technical side while Bradd was more of the encouragement side.”

Commenting on the milestone, Morelli says, “To say I’m proud is an understatement. I’m a big fan of Emma’s and am thrilled about her latest achievement. She’s highly intelligent, driven, capable, empathetic and a genuinely nice person. Emma is also well respected by clients and our referral network, not to mention our entire team. She has worked so hard and navigated many challenges and is an incredible role model for other women in this industry.”